I am extremely new to this profession..........4 months out of school and I really don't know if I've made the right decision when it comes to my career. I've always wanted and loved doing hair and now that I am I feel that I'm not good at it!
First of all I don't feel like I got the proper training and second I really don't think I'm in the right salon. I wanted to be a hairstylist because I love doing hair not to make money for a billion dollar company. The salon I work for is more interested in the quantity of clients you get in your chair and not the quality of the haircut. I don't even section hair anymore!! How can you do a decent cut without sectioning.............YOU CAN'T! I feel like I'm becoming a "lazy hairdresser"...............you want a $15 haircut, you're getting a $15 haircut! My services aren't up to par with the other stylists, I mean some of them have been doing it for years I know and I it's going to take time for be to perfect my skills, but what happens when you feel like you don't have any skills? I don't feel like my cuts are "finished".....do you know what I mean? it seems like I stop cutting too soon but at the same time I feel like I've cut too much. I'm so confused. This isn't what I pictured my career to be.........and yes I know I've only been out of school for 4 months and I know it's going to take time but I just can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
And don't even get me started on the clients!! When did it become acceptable to be completely rude to someone and you just have to take it?! I've been in situations where I was in the right and instead of my manager standing up for me, she bent down and kissed the clients' a.........feet. I understand that in this profession you have to take some flack, I mean we are dealing with someones' hair but there are exceptions to that rule and I truly don't believe the customer's always right........who came up with that anyway?!
I remember an instructor telling me that the first year's the hardest...........she wasn't kidding! I have to take a class in order to upgrade to my generals and I don't even want to do that.........I don't want real professionals to see what I can't do!
I just don't know if I was cut out for this line of work. You know when a celebrity puts out a cd and your first thought is 'what the hell are they thinkin, just because they love music doesn't mean that they can sing!'............that's kinda how I'm feeling, just because I love doing hair doesn't mean I should be a professional. I'm just so confused. I have absolutely no confidence in my abilities.
Well I think I've dumped enough on you tonight. Unfortunately I don't feel any better. Does every new hairdresser feel this way?
I think that the short answer is to find a different job. All salon owners are not bullys and slave drivers.
Some salon owners actually care about their stylists. The stylists in the salon are how the salon makes money - no stylists - no money.
Find yourself a different (better) salon to work in.
Don't be scared of the practical exam! I should have failed it myself and I didn't...
and here I am 11 years later and doing really well, and loving what I do. It's tough starting out but if you stick with it youll always do ok. :)
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